Along with an impressive spread, beer is an essential part of the side-line action. While some football fans will care less what kind of beer they drink as long as it's cold, many will prefer a variety to choose from.
Pale, Amber, Brown, Dark
Your best bet in planning a party is to supply a range of beers--from light (lagers and pilsners) to dark (porters and stouts)--to match everyone's tastes and to complement the entire Game Day smorgasbord.
Keep in mind as you choose brews for the big event that certain beers taste better with different kinds of food.
- Dark chocolaty stout is the perfect accompaniment for fried foods like fish and chips, while crisp, light Mexican beer with a squeeze of lime works great with chips and salsa or chili.
- Flavorful ales are usually a safe bet because they are not too dark or too light, and they go well with most food. If you are on a budget, cases of beer or a keg might be the way to go. Either way, it's always best to plan the game day menu before you head to the grocery store.
If you're feeling really ambitious, brew your own beer. It's not as hard as it sounds. The main things you'll need are time, space and practice. Plan ahead and you can have great-tasting homebrew, bottled and ready to drink.